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Local Governments with existing Debt or intending to Borrow  Submission of Financial Forecasts

Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs


This Bulletin is to advise local governments with existing debt, or intending to borrow in 2018–19, of the requirement to submit long term financial forecasts to the Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) and the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.


As part of its annual Local Government Loan Borrowing Program, and in line with QTC’s Terms and Conditions for Local Government clients, the Department requires that every Local Government with existing borrowings, or intending to borrow in that financial year, submit its long term financial forecasts to the Department and QTC in the recommended format.

Annual Borrowing Assessment

The Department has engaged QTC to undertake a comprehensive Annual Borrowing Assessment (ABA) process of Local Governments. This process will evaluate current borrowings and Working Capital Facilities (WCF), and requests for new borrowings and WCFs (including temporary WCFs with an expiry date or ongoing WCFs used to manage short term operating requirements).

The process will provide the Department with information about:

  • the ability of a Local Government to service existing debt as well as any new debt requested, and
  • a Local Government’s need to borrow in the particular year having consideration of its prevailing and forecast liquidity, and its forecast capital expenditure requirements.

In this assessment, QTC may determine that a more detailed Credit Review is required due to a number of reasons including, but not limited to, a Local Government facing significant challenges, undertaking relatively large borrowings and/or a detailed review has not been undertaken in recent years.

Key Dates

To enable QTC to complete the ABA of local governments, every Local Government with existing QTC borrowings as at 30 June 2018, and also those seeking new borrowings in 2018-19, are required to submit their latest long-term financial forecasts electronically by Friday 14 September 2018 to QTC.

Local Government Forecasting Model (LGFM)

The long term financial forecasts must be submitted in the QTC’s LGFM (Version 3.0.2) and must be complete and consistent with the long term financial forecast requirements under section 171 of the Local Government Regulation 2012 and section 163 of the City of Brisbane Regulation 2012.

The QTC LGFM should include five years of historical values including the last full financial year, and ten years of forecast values beginning from the current budget year. The Department encourages Local Governments to work closely with QTC in using or updating the QTC LGFM.

QTC will undertake a completeness and reasonableness review of a Local Government’s long term financial forecasts as part of the ABA process. To promote the quality and reliability of the projections contained in the long term financial forecast, Councils should ensure that:

  • historical figures correspond with data contained in the relevant audited financial statements
  • growth rates and forecast assumptions are appropriate and reasonable
  • any substantial fluctuations in forecasts are explained or substantiated.

This may require the inclusion of additional notes or supporting documentation.

Use of Financial Forecast Information

In addition to the ABA process, the Department may use the financial and non-financial forecast information submitted by local governments for other internal purposes, including (but not limited to):

  • identifying areas for further Local Government sector capacity building initiatives
  • assessing applications for grant funding
  • risk monitoring and management
  • informing the design and delivery of Department programs and initiatives
  • assessing the need for statutory intervention as provided for under Chapter 5, Part 1 of the Local Government Act 2009 and City of Brisbane Act 2010.

Local Government Loan Borrowing Program

A further bulletin will be released shortly outlining the process and requirements for submitting applications for long term borrowings and WCF requests as part of the 2018-19 Local Government Loan Borrowing Program.

Further information

Any further enquiries on this matter should be addressed to:

Sustainability Team, Finance & Funding
Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
(07) 3452 6719

Last updated: Monday, Nov 30, 2020